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Syracuse Football Falls 45-24 to South Florida

Oct 10, 2015

Syracuse dropped its second consecutive game on Saturday, this time falling 45-24 to South Florida at Raymond James Stadium on Saturday. In the loss, the Orange (3-2, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) struggled on both sides of the ball and were thoroughly outplayed by the Bulls (2-3, 0-1 American Athletic). Syracuse's offense couldn't stop USF on the ground or through the air, and though the Orange's offense woke up in the third quarter after a slow start, it wasn't enough to keep up with South Florida....

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Through four games in the 2015 season, one of Syracuse's most consistent strengths has been its ability to stop the run. SU has allowed only 102 rushing yards per game, good enough for 17th-best in the entire Football Bowl Subdivision series. But when the Orange (3-1, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) travels to Tampa Bay on Saturday for a meeting with South Florida, the Bulls (1-3, 0-1 American Athletic) will likely look to challenge SU's stout rush defense. USF's biggest strength offensively is its rush...

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Through four games in the 2015 season, one of Syracuse's most consistent strengths has been its ability to stop the run. SU has allowed only 102 rushing yards per game, good enough for 17th-best in the entire Football Bowl Subdivision series. But when the Orange (3-1, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) travels to Tampa Bay on Saturday for a meeting with South Florida, the Bulls (1-3, 0-1 American Athletic) will likely look to challenge SU's stout rush defense. USF's biggest strength offensively is its rush...

LSU 34, Syracuse 24: Tigers Drop Orange

Sep 26, 2015
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Pressured in the pocket, Zack Mahoney stepped back and flung the ball. It was deflected into the air by an LSU defensive lineman and intercepted by the Tigers' Deion Jones. With Syracuse already trailing 31-17 midway through the fourth quarter, it all but clinched a win for LSU. Prior to that play, Mahoney had been on a hot streak for Syracuse. He had thrown touchdown passes on two of SU's previous three drives and appeared to have put a lackluster performance in the first half completely...

Through three weeks in the 2015 season, Syracuse's biggest strength, statistically speaking, is its rush defense. The Orange is allowing just 46.7 rushing yards per game, good for third-best in the entire Football Bowl Subdivision. This week, though, SU will face its toughest test yet in a running back. That's because Leonard Fournette, who ran for 228 yards against Auburn last week, will visit the Carrier Dome at 12:00 p.m. Saturday with the rest of the LSU Tigers. Limiting him on the ground...

Tim Lester Says Zack Mahoney is "The Guy" for Saturday

Sep 23, 2015

Syracuse offensive coordinator Tim Lester said Tuesday that sophomore walk-on transfer quarterback Zack Mahoney is "the guy" for Saturday's game against LSU. After Eric Dungey left last week's game against Central Michigan with an "upper-body" injury, Mahoney and fellow sophomore quarterback Austin Wilson split time on the field. But Lester indicated that SU's offense will be Mahoney's on Saturday. "Right now, Zack's the guy that's shown the most and he's the most consistent with what we're...

As was the case two weeks ago when Terrel Hunt tore his Achilles against Rhode Island, Syracuse lost its starting quarterback Saturday en route to a win at the Carrier Dome. This time, it was Eric Dungey suffering an upper-body injury and leaving the game in the second quarter. With Syracuse leading 10-3, Dungey was pressured in the pocket before dumping the ball off to Dontae Strickland, who took it 25 yards for a touchdown. But after Dungey let go of the pass, he took a shot to the head...

Syracuse vs. Central Michigan: 5 Keys to the Game

Sep 18, 2015

Syracuse will look to win its third consecutive game to begin the 2015 season when it welcomes Central Michigan to the Carrier Dome on Saturday. Here are five keys to the game, which you can listen to live on 88.3 FM WAER. 1. Stopping Cooper Rush When Syracuse topped Central Michigan 40-3 last September, the Orange held Chippewas quarterback Cooper Rush to 183 passing yards and zero touchdowns. Limiting like that again could prove to be a tall task come Saturday. Rush is coming off a 25-of-36...

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Syracuse University's Men's Football team began practice this weekend with a clear focus on looking forward not backward. The team is coming off a 3-9 season in 2014. That disappointment followed seasons in 2013 and 2012 that both ended in bowl victories. In 2013, SU defeated Minnesota in the Texas Bowl to cap off a 7-6 season. In 2012, the season ended with a Pinstripe Bowl victory over West Virginia for a record of 8-5. Head Coach Scott Shafer is telling the team to stay focused on the...

WAER Hall of Fame inductee, Bill Roth '87, has been announced as the new voice of UCLA men's football and basketball broadcasts.

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